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Is the Contraception Mandate Doomed?

You know those ubiquitous BuzzFeed quizzes? The ones trying to help you determine what brand of peanut butter or which Game of Thrones character you are? Well it’s hard not to walk out of oral argument this morning in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Show More Summary

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's hard to decide which is more infuriating: culture being stymied by copyright abuse, or simply by intricacies, stupidities and failures at the systemic level (with a dash of apathy and negligence thrown in). The latter is what led...Show More Summary

Million Dollar Mistake? The Cost of Limiting or Canceling IP Rights

Guest post by  Cynthia M. Ho, Clifford E. Vickrey Research Professor, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. Philip Morris and Eli Lilly think that they are entitled to millions in compensation from countries that limit or deny desired intellectual property rights.  These companies are the first to challenge IP issues pursuant to international agreements […]

Survivalist Seder

My husband is a worrier. He worries about natural disasters and climate change and political meltdown and fiscal collapse, and he’s had a box of emergency supplies under the basement stairs since after 9/11. (A few years ago we discovered...Show More Summary

Serial complainants at the Department of Education

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Complaints of discrimination to the [Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights] have soared from 6,364 in fiscal 2009 to a record of 9,989 in the most recent fiscal year.” [Lyndsey Layton, Washington Post] Most notable sentence...Show More Summary

What’s Scarier Than Truthiness in Politics?

Truthiness (troo-thee-nis) n.: The quality of seeming to be true according to one’s intuition, opinion, or perception without regard to logic, factual evidence, or the like. Truthiness abounds at the U.S. Supreme Court this morning. Show More Summary

Our Cellphones Are Us

What we know for sure on April 29, 2014: Approximately 90 percent of Americans have cellphones, including Justice Stephen Breyer. Twelve million people are arrested every year, the great majority of them for minor offenses. What we don’t...Show More Summary

Ipswich Middle School Sixth-Graders v. Standardized Tests

Last week, two sixth-grade classes in Ipswich, Massachusetts, sent what we lawyers lovingly term a “strongly worded letter” to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan demanding that he and/or major testing companies compensate them for the time they spent trying out a proposed new standardized test. Show More Summary

Dear Son, Who Am I?

Last week we dropped my two sons off at their first overnight camp. They are 9 and 11. They will spend almost a month there, and we will be here, at home, feeling weird about things. Since the only way I can communicate with them isShow More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Friends: Welcome all of you to the I-don’t-even-know-what annual Supreme Court Breakfast Table, a Slate tradition so longstanding, it predates both breakfast and tables. Welcome back Walter, Emily, Eric, and Judge Posner. And it???s a particular honor to welcome Laurence Tribe to the collective that will hash out the last few days of the 2013 term. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

A quick preliminary read of the unanimous (!) decision on cellphone privacy today reveals that despite the fact that we loooove to make fun of the justices’ technological cluelessness (Justice Stephen Breyer confessed at oral argument...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: March 22nd - 28th

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2010, as is so often the case, there were lots of stupid and/or troublesome moves in the entertainment world. Hollywood was still making up statistics about piracy for the AP to parrot, Warner Bros. was working...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

Good morning, breakfasters! I’ve been trying to square the ways in which the court got technology right in Riley, and completely confused in Aereo, and wanted to share some tentative thoughts. Granted, the cellphone case is a constitutional case and Aereo is about a statute. Show More Summary

Amicus: Mercury Rising

Listen to Episode 14 of Slate’s Amicus: Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab This week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Michigan v. EPA—a challenge to new federal regulations requiring coal-fired power...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

This morning, the Supreme Court handed down two unanimous decisions (I am inventing the word faux-nanimous effective immediately to account for Scalia’s very dissent-y concurrences) in two of the most hotly contested cases of the term. Show More Summary

Awesome Stuff: Headphones & Helpers

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For this week's awesome stuff, we've got some technology focused on improving your mobile music listening experience in a variety of ways. MAGZET For people with Apple laptops, the days of destroying your power cable by tripping on it are over thanks to the MagSafe connector. Show More Summary

“Slain basketball player’s family files suit against Dallas ISD”

“The mother of slain Wilmer Hutchins basketball star Troy Causey Jr. has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that illegal recruiting practices at Dallas ISD schools led to her son’s death a year ago. … [She] alleges that coaches visited...Show More Summary

Obstruction of justice, the collectively bargained way

Investigators tried to look into the beating of an inmate by guards at New York’s famously tough Attica prison, still remembered for a lethal 1971 uprising, but ran into trouble: “Under their union contract, corrections officers areShow More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

We have talked so much about McCullen v. Coakley, and I am reluctant to beat a dead horse. But it is Friday. Dead-horse-beating day. And Larry, I am almost convinced of your zealous argument that the First Amendment trumps all and the story of McCullen just ends happily for everyone. Show More Summary

Supreme Court Breakfast Table

One of the big mysteries of this morning’s announcement of decisions in Harris v. Quinn and the Hobby Lobby case is that Justice Antonin Scalia is not present. He’s here in spirit. After last week’s honeymoon phase of faux-nanimity,...Show More Summary

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